Vancouver’s Bike Traffic Increasing

Homes for Sale KitsilanoFigures recently released by Vancouver Translink have shown that between 2008 and 2011 the city saw a 26% increase in travel by bike.  These numbers, reported in Translink’s 2013 Base Plan report showed that this increase came alongside only a 6 % increase in population and 4% increase in vehicle travel.

This is great news.  And while the statistics haven’t been broken up by regions, another report showed that in Kitsilano itself, 12% of all trips were by bicycle.  These numbers are taken from data gathered for 2006 and so the figure is probably higher now.

Unfortunately for those living in the beautiful Kitsilano area, the infrastructure for cyclists has lagged behind.  Though there have been additional bike lanes laid downtown (Hornby St., the Burrard Bridge, and Dunsmuir St.) experts agree more Kitsilano infrastructure is needed.

Traffic violations or moving violations relate to any kind of law violation committed by the driver of a vehicle while it is moving or parked. The common traffic violations come under infractions or misdemeanors. The serious ones, can, however, be even considered as felonies.

The non-moving and moving traffic violations are the two kinds of traffic violations. Most traffic violations are looked upon as minor criminal offenses. if you want to get more about the Traffic Violation Defense Attorney, see post here.

However, there are those of serious nature too- like ‘driving while intoxicated’ or DWI or ‘driving under the influence’ (of alcohol and/or other drugs) or D.U.I. Again, there can be minor mechanical or speeding violations that can have serious consequences.

This may even be leading to the license getting suspended if several infractions are there over a short period of time. The fine that is listed on the face of the ticket issued for traffic violation may quite frequently require to be paid. There also rises the possibility of the vehicle insurance premiums increasing.

The serious among the moving traffic violations are drunk and reckless driving, road rage, street racing and vehicular homicide.

The non-moving traffic violations usually involve illegal parking, parking in a posted non-parking zone or at an expired meter.

There can be civil traffic violations and criminal traffic violations. A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge that can be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty, requesting a court hearing, or election of a defensive driving course.

On the other hand a criminal traffic offense may be such offenses like D.U.I./DWI, fleeing a police officer or leaving the scene of an accident.

This requires a court appearance unlike most civil traffic violation cases where court appearances are rare except when the violation involves serious bodily injury or death of another person.

Criminal traffic offenses carry with them criminal penalties that can include fines, court costs and even jail terms.

In all traffic violations cases the services and help of a Traffic Violations Lawyer becomes quite a necessity. You need to check out from the attorney directory the concerned lawyers specializing in traffic violations.

It is important that a traffic violation lawyer is contacted before appearing at court with regard to the traffic violation or speeding violations.

It is only the traffic violation attorney who will be able to properly assess the current situation you may be in and advise with aim to bring about professional resolution to the traffic violation.

According to a UBC study, the kind of bike routes that the city has been focusing on putting in are actually more dangerous than ordinary residential roads or designated bike routes that don’t have particular cycling infrastructure.

Additions to slow down traffic including speed bumps, curb-bulges and traffic-circles, have actually increased danger to cyclists.  Many other features have reportedly added to the difficulties for cyclists.  The designated bike routes can be very slick when wet and icy, they are poorly lit, and vehicles drive too fast along them.

The city will be facing quite a challenge over the next several years in attempts to accommodate cyclists, motorists and citizens of various neighbourhoods.  Nevertheless the fact remains that more and better bike routes are needed in order to accommodate the cycling traffic that is already here.

Kitsilano is one of the best places on earth to live and keeping it cyclist friendly is a good idea.  For many people looking for Kitsilano real estate and Kitsilano homes for sale, these features are part of what draw them to the area.

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